The guitar and its little cousin the ukulele banjo (Uke) are highly portable instruments just waiting to be strummed. Each string is tuned to a different note (by you, I’m afraid, on a regular basis) with the aid of a tuning device (traditionally a tuning fork, but these days there are whole sets of digital tuning cutlery available). Move your fingers along the neck to the different frets and hold them down to shorten the string and make a higher note. So easy! Well, you’ll get used to it…
Why learn to play guitar/ukelele?
Play your favourite numbers and sing along, lead others in singing, or you may even wish to progress to demanding classical pieces, especially the Iberian repertoire (that’s posh for Spanish stuff).
What makes playing guitar/uke demanding?
It’s fairly easy to learn to strum a few chords, but to play the guitar really well you have to learn a wide range of chords in different “voicings” (so not always starting with the “root”). It fairly tough on the fingers, but they’ll survive!
Any reason not to choose this instrument?
Only if you are heavily into classical music, as the repertoire for the guitar is limited.
What to buy?
There is a choice of acoustic, electric and semi-acoustic instruments, the latter being great for jazz, in particular. Don’t go for the cheapest, as it will sound poor and tend to go out of tune quickly. Ukes needn't cost a lot but, again, don't go too cheap.
Great exponents of the guitar/uke
Some are mostly players, while others are singer-songwriters who write songs with the guitar in their hands
Jimi Hendrix – highly influential electric guitar man
Paul Simon – great singer-song-writer, who even played with the Muppets!
Joni Mitchell – legendary guitarist and singer
Andres Segovia – regarded as one of the greatest classical guitarists ever
Top of the list has to be George Formby, a great favourite with the Queen, apparently!
It is a little known fact that the legendary actor/comedian Peter Sellers was an accomplished ukelele player!
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We arrange for a guitar or uke teacher to come to your home or office. You can have a 1:1 session, or learn with friends, family or colleagues.
Lessons last a minimum of one hour.
You tell us your preferred time.
Lessons can take place anytime between 0800 and 2100 Mon-Sat.
Sunday lessons are available by special arrangement.